John (Jack) MCKINNON

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MCKINNON, John

Service Number: 110
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 8th Machine Gun Company
Born: Gordon Brook, New South Wales, 4 January 1895
Home Town: Mapleton, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Chatsworth Island Public School
Occupation: Sawyer/Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 20 July 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kenilworth & District Honour Board, Kenilworth Memorial Wall, Mapleton Memorial Stone, Nambour Heroes Walk
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Queensland
9 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 110, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 110, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 110, 8th Machine Gun Company, Battle for Pozières
Date unknown: Involvement 31st Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

OBI OBI - The Chronicle 1915

The Chronicle of 24 Sep 1915: Obi Obi - Wed 8 September a number of Obi Obi and Mapleton and other folk assembled at the Obi Obi Hall for the purpose of farewelling Mr Jack McKinnon, eldest son of Mrs and Mrs A McKinnon. The young man is now in camp getting fit to pot Turks. Having a good door, good music, good singing and willing dancers everyone appeared to have a good time. Mr McKinnon was presented with a wristlet watch, and expressed the hope that on his return from Europe he would not only be wearing a watch but also the V.C.

John McKinnon never fulfilled that wish for he was killed in action July 20 1916 and was buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery, 2 ¼ miles East of Laventie, 4 miles south south west of Armentieres, the Rev. F.C. Ward officiating. For the next two years John’s mother wrote to the army requesting the return of his possessions which would have included the watch presented by the local community. Finally in September 1918 Mrs McKinnon was informed that it was unlikely any effects would now be found due to the length of time since John’s death.

The Chronicle 16 August 1918 p4, MAPLETON. Presentations and Returned Soldiers. The Mapleton hall on last Wednesday, the 7th instant, was the scene of a very pleasant function, when a Welcome Home was tendered and presentations made to the Mapleton returned soldiers. The recipients were Lieut. G. A. Still M.C., Lieut.J.R.Allbrey, Messrs.Harry Chinn, F.D.Lound, C.H.Williams, E.K.Harvey, Don Cogill, W.Jorgensen, A.D.C.Hetherington. Framed certificates were also handed to the relatives of the late J.McKinnon, J.J.Logan, and R.Logan, who have made the supreme sacrifice, and (to use Lieut.Still's words)'have gone West'. The presentations were made by the Association's president, Mr.W.J.Smith, whose remarks were supplemented by Mr.J.R.Morris. Both speakers referred to the gallantry of the Australian troops, and incidentally stated how distinction had been brought to Mapleton by the award of the Military Cross to Lieut.Still and military medals to Frank Pope and Robt.Swinton....more... The address presented to the soldiers reads:- Mapleton Progress Association, The Great War, 1914 - 19 To....... Dear Sir, On behalf of the Mapleton Progress Association we desire to express to you our high appreciation of the services you have rendered to your King and Country, in this, the greatest War in history. The grand sacrifices, and noble heroic deeds performed by our soldiers have carved for Australia a niche in the Temple of Fame, which will endure as long as time lasts a glorious chapter in the Empire's story. We admire and honour the splendid spirit of patriotism in which you responded to your Country's call, and the high sense of duty which led you to voluntarily take up arms in the defence of Liberty, Truth, and Justice. With best wishes for your future, and in deep sense of gratitude for your services. We have the honour to be, dear Sir, your obedient servants, for the Mapleton Progress Association, W.J.Smith, President D. F. Story; Secretary, Mapleton Progress Association, Mapleton, 1st July, 1918.

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Jack's Commemorated Locations

Maroochy Shire Honor Roll, Shire Chambers, Bury Street, Nambour

Nambour (Maroochy Shire) Roll of Honor Scroll, Private Collection, Nambour (this scroll was available for sale to the public after the war)

Obi Obi Honour Board, originally located in the Obi Obi Hall

Mapleton Honour Board, Mapleton Community Hall, Obi Obi Road, Mapleton

Kenilworth and District Honour Board, Kenilworth Community Hall

Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France, 1.K.31

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Biography

"OBI OBI. DEATH OF A SOLDIER.

The sad news of the death of Corpl. John McKinnon, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. McKinnon, came through by last Saturday's mail. From the very meagre particulars to hand, it appears that the action in which he met his end was against the Turks about the end of last month. Although enlisting from Mapleton, he was the first soldier whom the Obi people had the honour of farewelling. A fine young fellow, twenty-one years of age, enlisting over twelve months ago in 8th Brigade Machine Gun Company. He was well liked and respected by all, nothing of cold feet or shirker about Jack, he heeded the call, and of this we feel sure, he died as he had lived "a soldier and a man." The sincerest sympathy is expressed for his sorrowing parents, brothers, and sisters." - from the Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser 18 Aug 1916 (/admin/people/336473/OBI%20OBI)

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